More than 300 jobs could be created in Attleborough under plans to move Banham Poultry out of the town centre.

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The family poultry processing business wants to invest more than £10m in a new factory at its former Bunns Bank site, which would be funded by a retail development on its existing 12.5 acre factory site near the station.

The move would see the business and about 650 jobs return to the Bunns Bank industrial park a mile out of the town, paving the way for a new supermarket and retail development which could create more than 300 jobs.

Banham Poultry built a factory on a former cider factory site in the town centre in 1999 – just 14 weeks after a fire devastated its factory.

Sarah Foulger, Banham Poultry director, said that the site in the town centre had always been “temporary”.

“This was always called the temporary site. We are right in the middle of town in a residential area. At the moment this is getting tired. We should become more efficient in the new site.”

She said the business had struggled in recent years operating in a very volatile market with major competition between the main industry players and significant price pressure being imposed by the supermarkets.

Increases in feed prices are set to put further pressure on the business and Miss Foulger said they needed the more efficient factory in order to compete with bigger competitors.

The company is set to submit a planning application in January for a change of use for the Attleborough town centre site and will also put in a detailed planning application for the new factory at Bunns Bank.

A public consultation will be held into the plans at Connaught Hall in Station Road in Attleborough on Wednesday, November 7, between 1pm and 4pm and Thursday, November 8 between 3pm and 7pm.

annabelle.dickson@archant.co.uk

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  • The moving of the factory is all very good in principal however there are a couple of points that need addressing. The factory is based next to the railway line with an industrial estate on it's other immediate boundary. There are some houses nearby but to say that this is a residential area in the middle of town is not completely true. The other thing is that any planning approval needs to be postponed until the overall plan for the whole of Attleborough is approved . There is a massive plan for Attleborough in the pipeline with a southern relief road proposed and all of these smaller schemes are being rushed through before the entire scheme is agreed. Attleborough will end up with bits and pieces of development with no overall infrastructureinvestmenttransport plan. There is already talk of a supermarket to be included in this larger scheme so Banham Poultry need to work with this ASHAAP (as it is called) when it is approved , possibly next year.

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

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